Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Don't ask Why and Have an Easy Fast

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Have the Character to Admit Mistakes 

A person who feels he must always be right in an argument may be manifesting a lack of self-esteem. Such a person could be telling himself, "Unless I am always right, I am a failure and a nobody." He fears to admit making a mistake, because he thinks it will lower his value as a person.

However, a person who is a truth seeker and readily admits his mistakes, will gain both the respect of others and will ultimately have more self-respect. Instead of looking at admitting mistakes as a sign of weakness, he looks at it as a sign of intellectual honesty.

Love Yehuda Lave

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Arson Suspects' Attorney: Our Clients Were Tortured by Shabak

By: JNi.Media

Published: December 17th, 2015


etainees' families protest the violations of their civil rights.

etainees' families protest the violations of their civil rights.
Photo Credit: Honenu

(JNi.media) Legal aid organization Hunenu attorney Adi Keidar told a news conference Thursday evening that his client, a minor, one of the Duma Village Arson suspects, was finally allowed to meet with him, after three weeks of incognito incarceration—the maximum allowed by Israeli law—and that the same client complained that the Shabak, including senior officers, are resorting to unprecedented, violent means against the detained youths.

Attorney Keidar said that when he met his client on Thursday he could hardly recognize him because of the extreme violence the boy had suffered. "He was deprived of sleep for three days, his hands and feet are handcuffed. Senior interrogators come into his cell and commit cruel attacks in sensitive organs in his body, until at a certain point he no longer felt anything, including the kicks and the slaps," Keidar said. He continued, "The interrogators started to stretch his head back and he had a severe bout of vomiting. After seeing him, a doctor said he should rest, but they continued the abuse."

Keidar also insisted that the investigation did not crack the Duma arson case.

The minor's meeting with attorney Keidar was done with both of them separated by a glass window, as is usually done with the most dangerous terrorists, Keidar reported.

Attorney David Halevy told the press conference that the gag order on the case was designed only to conceal from the media the outrageous behavior of Shabak.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who also represents one of the detainees said: "According to the material in our hands, the Duma murders have not yet been solved. The State of Israel boasts that it's a democracy, but this is a black day for the State of Israel." Ben-Gvir also complained that "Shabak interrogators are abusing and beating up and none of them has to account for it. We demand of the judges to stop the interrogations. We demand that this abuse will end."

The lawyers added that the bodies of detainees they had met showed signs of severe violence and, according to detainees, in recent days, when the Shabak interrogators realized that they had no incriminating evidence against them in connection with the Duma arson, they stepped up the violence. The detainees were blindfolded, with their hands and feet tied, and were beaten and tortured severely.

Attorney Avihai Hajbi told the news conference that "justice must be pursued with righteous means ("Tzedek, tzedek tirdof"). They paint as if it were a justified investigation and they give Shabak all the leeway. But that's not even close to the reality. There are physical injuries and mental injuries. All the red lines have been crossed and the courts and the judges will have to examine it."

Attorney Keider sounded convinced when he said, "The Duma case is dying and it's going to end soon. We're sorry to disappoint Bogie [Ya'alon]." He suggested "maybe some detainees confessed to other events, but my understanding is they did not admit anything. There are versions by the suspects on other events, which they confessed to after being tortured and we understand that these suspects would say anything just to avoid returning to the Shabak abuse."

The mother of one of the detainees, a minor, collapsed in court on Wednesday and was taken for treatment in Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikva.

The Shabak on Thursday night issued a response, saying that it is "a national organization whose mission is thwarting terrorist threats, and all its activities are carried out in accordance with statutory provisions and case law, and are subject to strict regulation."

The Shabak statement added that recently they've "investigated a Jewish terrorist organization whose activists are suspected of serious terrorist attacks. The network is characterized by an extreme, anti-Zionist ideology advocating the violent changing of the state's system of government. In light of the significant security threat and the Shabak's duty to prevent further attacks, several key activists in this terrorist organization were detained for questioning and they have been interrogated intensively." The statement also said that "since the arrests have been carried out there has been a proactive, ongoing effort to discredit the Shabak and its staff and disrupt their operational activities. This experience deserves to be condemned and will not discourage the Shabak."

Of course, knowing that two out of the three suspects receiving intensive interrogation are young teens makes it difficult to imagine them as violent terrorists, but should the Shabak come up with proof, other than forced confessions, it would succeed in repairing a worrisome crack in Israel's rule of law.

The IDE facility will produce some 190 million liters of water daily for the residents of southern California.

Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant

The Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant in California. (photo credit:IDE TECHNOLOGIES) sector giant IDE Technologies dedicated the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere on Monday – a facility that will produce some 190 million liters of water daily for the residents of southern California.

Providing a new source of water in a state that has long suffered severe droughts, the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant will be quenching the thirst of roughly 10 percent of San Diego County, according to IDE. Employing advanced pretreatment and seawater reverse osmosis technologies, the plant is able to generate potable water of the highest quality while significantly reducing energy consumption, the company explained.

The desalination plant is the result of a 30-year water purchase agreement between the plant's local developer and owner, Poseidon Water, and the San Diego County Water Authority, a joint statement said. The plant, which will be operated by IDE, has created some 2,500 jobs and generated about $350 million for the local economy, the statement added.

"Since the last major drought here a little over 20 years ago, the San Diego region has worked to conserve water as well as identify new water sources," said California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

"The Poseidon project not only provides San Diego County with a drought-proof water supply, it also demonstrates how California can meet the water needs of future generations."

IDE Americas Inc. CEO Mark Lambert added that the project is "putting the 'Pacific on tap' for San Diego County, bolstering the region's water reliability for decades to come."

In addition to the Carlsbad facility, IDE is currently part of another 10 projects in the United States and operates hundreds of facilities around the world, as well as three of the four largest desalination plants in Israel, the Israeli firm said.             

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Boarding planes in Israel...What a simple and brilliant idea! I particularly like the 'spare' seat announcement!! It's hard to beat Israeli technology! TEL AVIV, Israel - The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It's an armoured booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials. You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: "Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is pleased to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London . Shalom!"